Thursday, December 27, 2018

Inspiration and Wisdom - quotes and notes

Instead of my annual list of quotes from the books I've read this year, I decided to share inspiration and wisdom quotes and notes from various sources I’ve gathered in the course of 2018. Many of these are from Oprah’s Supersoul Sunday or Oprah's Supersoul Conversations podcast (highly recommend both). While other quotes are from the books I've read a long time ago, but only now fully embraced their meaning.

Hope you’ll find some nuggets here which will uplift your spirit, make you think differently and more expansively, and, most importantly, be inspired to live your life to the fullest.

Happy New Year 2019!

Life is good.

These are some of the best questions from Oprah’s “soul to soul” interviews. Imagine answering them for yourself in 2019 or interviewing someone using these. Try it! It could be a very powerful experience.
  • What is your definition of God?
  • What is a soul?
  • What happens when we die?
  • Is there something you are still striving for spiritually? What is that?
  • When do you feel your life’s mission is most potent? When do you feel most fulfilled?
  • What is your definition of a hero?
  • What is the lesson that took you the longest to learn?
  • What do you think is the world’s biggest wound?
  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?
  • Who has been your greatest spiritual teacher?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?
  • What do you think is the purpose of the human experience?
Finish these sentences:
  • I believe in ____
  • Life is _____
  • The person I most want to be proud of me _____
  • I am ready to forgive ____
  • The purpose of forgiveness is _____
  • I feel the presence of love when _____
“No judgment. No expectation. Don’t be attached to the outcome. Just trust.”

Caroline Myss, New York Times best-selling author and spiritual teacher

“Perfection is mathematical concept not a human concept. Humans by nature are not perfect.”
“If you don’t transform your suffering, you will transmit it.”
“Suffering = not being in control.”
“To fall in love means to give the power to change you.”
“Love has to expand.”
“God doesn’t love you because you are that good. God loves you because God is good. That’s the experience of radical grace and unconditional love.”
“Don’t take successes too seriously. Or your failures. Or yourself too seriously.”

Richard Rohr, author, writer

“Everything that materializes, de-materializes. Focus on the internal.”

~ Dwayne Dyer, was an American self-help author and a motivational speaker


“Think higher, feel deeper.”
“I dedicated my life to fighting indifference.”
“What is life but a sum of memories.”
“I define myself more by my questions than by my answers. Answers come and go, but the questions remain.”
“To listen to a witness is to become a witness. [talking about the experience of Auschwitz]”
“We can’t live without friendship.”

~ Elie Wiesel, a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor


“People who need help often don’t look like people who need help.”

~ Glennon Doyle, an author, activist, philanthropist, creator of the online community Momastery, and founder and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit for women and children in crisis


"It’s not that God wasn’t speaking to me, it's just that wasn’t listening."

~Wes Moore, CEO of Robinhood

“Luxury isn’t a matter of all the things you have, but all things you can do without."

~ Pico Iyer, best-selling author and travel writer

“Mindfulness: When you stir the pot, just stir the pot.”
“What we are really trying to do is live our life as if it really matters. Because it does.”
“Next time you are in the shower, check that you are really in the shower. Or is your whole Monday morning meeting is in the shower with you?”
“As long as you are breathing there is more right with you than wrong with you.”
“Pour energy into that which is right with you.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine

“Honor the tears that you carry."

~ Jack Kornfield, one of the leading Buddhist teachers

“Coaching is spiritual work. It’s peeling the layers. Removing the veil.”
“Look for a way to lift someone up.”

~ Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute, the largest adult education center in the United States focusing on health, wellness, spirituality and creativity.


In the book "Proof of Heaven,"which is the account of his personal near-death experience, Dr. Eben Alexander shares some of the wisdom he brought back from the realm of pure consciousness: 

“You are loved and cherished.
You have nothing to fear.
There is nothing you can do wrong.
We are each eternal beings and when we die a physical death we reunite with our higher soul which has always known the truth and purpose of our existence.
The single most important force in the Universe is unconditional Love.”

“Spiritual intelligence is much more important than a high IQ.”
“Spiritual intelligence is recognizing your purpose. It also correlates very closely to one's sense of truth and beauty. A good sign of strong spiritual intelligence is a strong sense of ethics.”

~ John Mackey, Whole Foods co-founder

“When people tell you who they are, believe them.”

~ Maya Angelou, was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

“To be broken is no reason to see all things as broken.”
“All things are true. Not that all things are right. Or that all things are fair. But that all things are true. Only an open heart can make sense of how. When we keep choosing between right and wrong, we spend our lives and energy sorting life rather than living it.”
"We have to give up what no longer works to stay close to what is sacred.”
“Our culture has let excellence get ahead of thoroughness of being. Full immersion is the reward for expression not excellence.”

~ Mark Nepo, a poet and a spiritual adviser